TAMIU Recreational Sports

 

Administrative Staff

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Director: Sylvia Barrera
sylvia.barrera@tamiu.edu
(956) 326-3016

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Education:

Raymond & Tirza Martin High School – Laredo , Texas

Associate of Art Degree – Laredo Community College (Laredo, Texas)

Bachelor of Science: Kinesiology with Psychology as second teaching field – Texas Woman’s University (Denton,  Texas)

Master of Science: Kinesiology with specialization in Athletic Administration – Texas A&M University  (Kingsville)

Administrative Certification:  Principalship – Texas A&M International University

Professional Experience:

L.J. Christen Jr. High – Kinesiology Teacher/Middle School Coach

Dr. Leo G. Cigarroa High School – Kinesiology/Psychology/P.A.L. (Peers Assisting Learning) Teacher/Varsity Head

Basketball Coach, Jr. Varsity Assistant Volleyball Coach, Assistant Track Coach.

Administration:  Athletic Director / Assistant Principal

Associate Director (Intramurals) - Texas A&M International University

Director - Texas A&M International University

General Information

Born and raised in Laredo, Texas and take great pride in creating learning opportunities for students to enhance their campus experience.  Education and sports have always been my passion, and Recreational Sports/Intramurals is a platform that incorporates the two.  Opportunities for students to hone their leadership skills through participation, officiating and supervising generates a positive energy for our programs to ensure success.

 

 

Associate Director: Sylvia Quinn
sylvia.quinn@tamiu.edu
(956) 326-3017

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Education:

Raymond & Tirza Martin High School-Laredo, TX

Bachelor of Arts: Kinesiology and Health- East Texas State University

Additional Teaching Certifications: Spanish, ESL, Special Education, Driver Education

Graduate Hours in Kinesiology: Texas A&M-Kingsville, TX

Professional Experience:

L. J. Christen Jr. High: Kinesiology/Health Teacher/Coach

Martin High School: Kinesiology Teacher/Coach: Cross Country, Track and Field, Assist. Volleyball and Basketball Coach

Nixon Annex: Kinesiology/ Health & Wellness Teacher

Dr. Leo G. Cigarroa High School: Kinesiology/Health and Wellness Teacher/Coach: Volleyball, Assist. Track and Basketball Coach

Crystal City High School: Kinesiology Teacher/Coach: Volleyball, Assist. Track and Basketball Coach

Carrizo Springs High School: Kinesiology/Health and Wellness Teacher/Resistance against Drugs Sponsor/Assist. Coach

United South High School: Kinesiology/Health and Wellness Teacher/Vocational Adjustment

Coordinator/Coach: Track and Field, Assist. Volleyball

Laredo Community College:  Adjunct Faculty

Associate Director Fitness/Wellness - Texas A&M International University

General Information:

I was born and raised in Laredo but moved away for a couple of years to explore other avenues. I am glad to be back in Laredo with my family and friends, and I am proud to be an integral part of such a great TAMIU team where everyone strives to improve and foster the leadership skills of our students, faculty, and staff.

 

 

Associate Director: Roberto Hugo Garza
roberto.garza@tamiu.edu
(956) 326-3019

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Education

BBA in Business Administration – Texas A&M International University – Laredo, Texas

MBA (Management) - Texas A&M International University – Laredo, Texas

Professional

Intramural Sports Official – Recreational Sports – Texas A&M International University – Laredo, TX -  2005-2008

Facility Attendant – Recreational Sports – Texas A&M International University – Laredo, TX – 2005 - 2006

Student Manager- Recreational Sports – Texas A&M International University – Laredo, TX – 2006 - 2009

Facility Operations Specialist - Texas A&M International University – Laredo, TX - January 2010 - August 2011

Associate Director - Texas A&M International University

General Information

I was born in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas but have been in Laredo for most of my life. As a student in this institution, I received guidance from many organizations and people. I want to provide those opportunities and many more for current and future students by teaching the foundational leadership components that will transform students into future leaders. It is a pleasure to work with this institution; I hope to see you here.

 

 

 

Office Coordinator: Irene Vela-Mendoza
irene@tamiu.edu
(956) 326-3015

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Professional:

Admissions Clerk, Office of Admissions- Texas A&M International University- Laredo, TX - 1996 - 1998

Staff Assistant, Office of Enrollment Management- Texas A&M International University- Laredo, TX- 1998-1999

Staff Assistant, Office of the Executive Director of Student Life- Texas A&M International University- Laredo, TX- 1999-2005

Staff Assistant, Office of the Associate Vice-President for Student Affairs- Texas A&M International University – Laredo, TX- 2005-2006

Office Coordinator, Recreational Sports – Texas A&M International University – Laredo, TX - 2006 - Present

General Information:

I was born in Laredo, TX and have lived in Laredo all of my life.  I am married and have four children.  I enjoy time with my family whenever possible. 

I have almost 15 years now at Texas A&M International University, but have been with the Recreational Sports department for 4 years.  They have become like my second family away from home.  I work with 25 of the greatest student staff, wonderful professional staff and a great boss.  Rec. Sports is a growing department and I am looking forward to all the new changes and growth to come for us in the future.

Recreation and Intramural Specialist: Eric Gonzalez
eric.gonzalez@tamiu.edu
(956) 326-3018

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Education

Carrizo Springs High School – Carrizo Springs – 2009

B.S in Fitness and Sports, Minor in Business Administration – Texas A&M International University – Laredo, TX - 2013

M.B.A. (Management) – Texas A&M International University – Laredo, TX – IN PROGRESS

Professional

Intramural Sports Official – Recreational Sports – Texas A&M International University – Laredo, TX – 2010-2011

Intramural Supervisor – Recreational Sports – Texas A&M International University – Laredo, TX – 2011-2012

Intramural Senior Supervisor – Recreational Sports – Texas A&M International University – Laredo, TX – 2012-2013

Recreation and Intramural Specialist – Recreational Sports – Texas A&M International University – Laredo, TX - Aug. 2013 – Present

General Information

My life journey started right here in Laredo, TX. After roughly a decade into my childhood, I moved to the small humble town of Asherton, TX. I feel having been raised in a small town granted me wholeheartedness and vision for my future endeavors. As a result of working my way up the Recreational Sports Intramural ladder, I have had the privilege to work with such a great staff that has such an immense passion for student development and creating a nurturing environment that develops exceptional leaders in all fields of study. Going through these experiences myself has only motivated me to pay it forward and pass on all the knowledge and opportunities this department has poured into me. Mixed with my passion of sports and healthy living, I find myself in an ideal work place that allows me to grow as an individual and professional while combining my love of sports and fitness, and the yearning to develop students.

 

 

Strength and Conditioning Specialist: Victoria Davenport
victoria.davenport@tamiu.edu
(956) 326-3017

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Education

B.A. in Business Administration, Minor in Marketing - Texas A&M International University, Laredo, TX

Associate Degree in English - Blinn College, Brenham, TX

Professional

Student Promotions Coordinator/Marketing Assistant - Prairie View, TX - 2008-2009

Aerobics Instructor - Laredo, TX - 2010 to present

Certified in

    • Zumba®
    • TurboKick™
    • PiYo™
    • Hip Hop Hustle™

Certified Personal Trainer - Aerobics and Fitness Association of America - 2011 to present

Strength and Conditioning Specialist - Laredo, TX- 2012 to present

General Information

I was born in Houston, TX, but was raised in Prairie View, TX.  No one believes me when I tell them Prairie View is an actual town!  I am the eldest of three daughters and I absolutely love my family.  I enjoy teaching fitness classes, reading the bible, creating new choreography for my classes, and spending time with friends.  If you are at all interested in learning about nutrition, becoming a fitness instructor or personal trainer, the Rec Center is the place to be.  Our team is extremely passionate about making our TAMIU community a healthy community one person at a time.

Texas A&M International University - Recreational Sports - Kinesiology & Wellness Recreation Center Phone:956.326.3015

5201 University Boulevard, Laredo, TX 78041-1900 Work956.326.2100